If you are anything like us, you'll be looking forward to your weekly Gogglebox fix this Friday.
So for now, we’ll make do with finding out absolutely everything we can about our favourite telly watchers.
Giles and Mary are certainly two of our star Goggleboxers, and never fail to make us laugh with their often unexpected and always dry commentary.
Off-screen they share a home together in rural Wiltshire and both work in creative industries.
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Giles works as an artist, and it was painting that led him to Mary when he was studying at Wimbledon Art College when she posed for him as a model.
He specialises in oil paintings of rural landscapes and the interiors of peoples’ homes – being commissioned to paint by individual clients. On his website, he says how he can spend days in the homes on each painting.
“I like the contemplative aspect — sitting for several days in a room, watching the light change. There are as many changes as with a landscape. I always work in oils as they give more depth. The finished painting should offer an insight into the painter as well as the subject”, says Giles, whose exact age remains unknown.
Signed and framed prints of his works go for £250 a go – with Giles doing the painting while his wife Mary handles enquiries sent via his website. Original artworks sell for hundreds more, with those pictured on his website including self-portraits, images of Mary being a 'bag lady' and even a map of the couple's cottage, with Mary's famous chair clearly marked.
The couple has talked about their children in interviews, and it’s believed that they are parents to two grown-up daughters who have left home.
Meanwhile, Mary, 68, works as a writer and author, and has a longstanding satirical agony aunt column in the Spectator, answering problems like: "Should I give my postman a Christmas present?"
Other recent problems she solved include, "How do you wind up a Zoom call with a chatty friend?" and "How can I hide my lockdown weight gain?". She also writes articles and records podcasts for the weekly magazine.
Luckily, being a Gogglebox favourite has so far been a positive experience: "The public’s reaction is entirely benign. People approach me, their faces wreathed in smiles. ‘You’re Mary from Gogglebox, aren’t you? I just want to say — your husband makes us laugh."
Mary has also written five books, including How the Queen Can Make You Happy and How to Live With Your Husband.
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